Best Things To Do in Coimbra, Portugal

Have you ever visited a new place and felt ‘wow’ about it? For many visitors, it happens at Coimbra.

Coimbra may not be as popular as other cities in Portugal, but don’t let that fool you. Coimbra is a smaller but beautiful upcoming tourist destination that is worth a visit. You will be surprised by some of the unique things to do and places you can explore at this hidden destination.

You can definitely plan a few hours of a side trip here while traveling to Porto or Fatima. You might wish to revisit it someday again, to take a break and relax at Coimbra.

If you have plans to visit Portugal and are not sure if Coimbra should be included in your itinerary, keep reading. In this list, we have put together some of the things to do in Coimbra and around. We have a hunch that if you include this city in your travel plans, you will be thrilled you did so.

Tourist Attractions in Coimbra

Here is the list of things to do in Coimbra and tourist attractions in city.

  1. Biblioteca Joanina

    4.5 (100 Votes)
    Biblioteca Joanina


    Address: Pátio das Escolas da Universidade de Coimbra, 3004-531 Coimbra, Portugal

    This 18th century library, though a part of the University of Coimbra campus, is an attraction in its own right! Commissioned by King John V its interior is divided into three distinct parts: Noble Floor: Opulently decorated, this is the sight that most people come to see. Constructed from the richest and most exotic materials from around ...Read more
  2. University Of Coimbra

    4.6 (104 Votes)
    University Of Coimbra

    Landmark, Monument, University

    Address: 3000-213 Coimbra, Portugal

    The oldest university in the country, and one of the oldest in continuous operation in the world, this university is an important monument for all of humanity! It was established in 1290 King Dinis, and settled here in the Royal Palace of the “Alcaçova” 1544. And appropriately, UNESCO added to the world heritage list in 2013. ...Read more
  3. Museu Nacional De Machado De Castro

    Museum, Specialty Museum

    Address: Largo Dr. José Rodrigues, 3000-236 Coimbra, Portugal

    Founded in 1913, this important Portuguese museum of art is housed in the former Bishop’s Palace. Before you head in and see the collections, take a moment to appreciate the courtyard and the building. It has been a place of importance for over 2000 years! Here, has stood an administrative center for the Roman city of Aeminium, the locatio...Read more
  4. Monastery Of Santa Clara-a-velha

    Religious Site, Monastery

    Address: R. Baixo 57, 3040-266 Santa Clara, Portugal

    Near the Mondego River, the ruins of this old 13th century monastery, which was abandoned over 300 years ago due to constant flooding, were excavated in the late 20th century. It was founded by Mor Dias, a member of the Order of the Poor Clares, and then had to be refounded by Queen Elizabeth of Portugal in 1314. However, constant annual floodin...Read more
  5. Se Velha De Coimbra

    4.5 (78 Votes)
    Se Velha De Coimbra

    Religious Site, Cathedral

    Address: Largo Sé Velha, 3000-383 Coimbra, Portugal

    Sometime in the middle of the 12th century, the first King of Portugal, Afonso Henriques, and the Bishop Miguel Salomão, led the construction financing of this Romanesque cathedral. Built to replace the older cathedrals in the area of which nothing remains and little is known, the Se Velha quickly became important. The second King of Port...Read more
  6. Camara Municipal De Coimbra

    4.6 (248 Votes)
    Camara Municipal De Coimbra

    Church, Religious Site

    Address: Praça 8 de Maio, 3001-801 Coimbra, Portugal

    Not much remains of the original Romanesque structure that was first constructed here in 1131. The increasing importance of the monastery and the church - culturally, politically, scientifically - in the ensuing centuries led to many architectural facelifts. It was completely renovated by King Manuel’s order. This has resulted in a few key...Read more
  7. Parque Verde Do Mondego

    4.3 (66 Votes)
    Parque Verde Do Mondego

    Park, View Point, Walking Area

    Address: Avda. Of Lousà, Coimbra, Centro, Portugal

    The whole point of this park was to exploit the recreational potential of the Mondego River. The three kilometer riverwalk at this park along the water may be its main attraction, but the other highlights are just as worthy of being checked out! The 400,000 square meters of the park also have bars and restaurants, jogging trails, playgrounds, an...Read more
  8. Portugal Dos Pequenitos

    4.3 (282 Votes)
    Portugal Dos Pequenitos

    Theme Park, Entertainment

    Address: Largo Rossio de Santa Clara, 3040-256 Coimbra, Portugal

    Targeted at kids, this charming miniature parks recreates famous Portuguese monuments, buildings and dwellings. Its area and beautifully crafted collections have both expanded in spurts and lulls over the years. Today it is visited by more than 300,000 people annually! The main highlights are: Monuments area: The park’s primary attraction...Read more
  9. Jardim Botanico

    4.5 (90 Votes)
    Jardim Botanico

    Garden, Botanical Garden

    Address: Calçada Martim de Freitas, 3000-456 Coimbra, Portugal

    This lovely 13-hectare garden, first established in 1774 and now managed by Coimbra University, has two distinct levels. The terraced upper levels are comprised of neat formal gardens; the lower gardens are older, and bears characteristics of 18th century European Gardens. Botany students tend to hover around the taxonomically arranged Order Bed...Read more

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  • Which attractions are open in Coimbra on National Day, June 10, 2019?

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    • I think places like National Museum Machado de Castro, Sé Velha, and Monastery of Santa Clara-a-Nova may stay open, but I would suggest contacting the attractions you want to visit directly to confirm the timings. 

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